In case it happens to have passed you by, it’s a little bit bloody hot out there.
The whingelets have both been up and whining since 6am and to add in to this delightful mix I have a head cold and a sore throat (hopefully not life threatening) which means my signature enthusiasm for pre breakfast tantrums is waning.
If you have a garden, it’s the place to be! Yes, it’s a bit shit that you can’t see your phone screen properly so guess you’ll just have to play. Or maybe read a book like old fashioned times.
Outdoor toys are great for the summer.
Unless you happen to have more than one child because they will fight incessantly over Every Bloody Thing. We have a garden brimming with
plastic crap outdoor toys (I’m not joking, just look)
…And yet the chance of them amusing themselves – happily and fairly quietly – for upwards of five minute is very, very slim.
Maybe a trip to the park (but obviously, not in the midday sun) is a better idea.
Less stuff to fight over at least – but be prepared for it to be heaving. At least one kid will have ice cream and it’ll be all you’ll hear about until you get home.
I have no idea who invented hats for babies and small toddlers but I doubt they have met any babies or small toddlers. I have a better chance of getting the dog to wear one. Same goes with baby sunglasses. Nice idea, but apparently using gaffa tap to keep them on is frowned upon. If you have happened upon the magical magical solution to this, I’d love to know.
On the second day of sweltering, we got out the paddling pool.
Water is an excellent way of cooling off and amusing the smalls but I have to supervise them very closely because they do like to put themselves at great danger as often as possible; especially the small one who likes to try to climb in and out with varying degrees of success. No lounging with books here.
It’s not all doom and gloom though; the summer heat has some definite ticks in the ‘pros’ column.
Having a picnic lunch outside is, for some unknown reason, extremely exciting to a toddler and for me it means less hoovering and washing of high chairs. Win/win. They can also run round in the nude, the natural state of the toddler, which means less washing.
A few degrees less when I’m trying to sleep wouldn’t go amiss though.
What are your top tips for surviving the summer?